10/01/2013 5:37PM

Sheikh Mohammed's wife Princess Haya investigates illegal drugs seized on plane


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the owner of Godolphin and the leader of Dubai, directed one of his wives to investigate details of a shipment of unlicensed veterinary products after they were seized from a private government jet registered in Dubai at a British airport on May 3, the British Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The wife, Princess Haya, the president of the International Federation of Equestrian Sports (FEI), was expected to meet with John Stevens, the head of the FEI’s Clean Sport Commission, to discuss the results of her investigation, the Guardian said. She had earlier sent out a directive to the “major components” of Sheikh Mohammed’s equine operations, including Godolphin and Darley, “to establish a centralized auditing system in order to maintain control over the purchase and movement of veterinary goods,” the Guardian said.

“I can assure you that Sheikh Mohammed was not aware of any such products in the cargo of any Dubai Royal Air Wing Flight into Stansted on that date,” a spokesperson for Princess Haya told the Guardian.

The products seized at the Stansted airport in Britain included “steroidal injections, anesthetics, and anti-inflammatories,” the Guardian said. A spokesperson for the British Horseracing Board told the Guardian that they believe that there is “no link between the seizure and the racing industry” and that “the products were not intended for use on Thoroughbreds.”

In August, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, a British regulatory agency, seized 124 products from Moorley Farm in Newmarket, a stable where Sheikh Mohammed’s endurance horses are boarded and trained. Jamie Punti Dachs, the trainer at the yard, said that all of the products were obtained legally. The VMD was also the agency that seized the products on the plane, fully three months prior to its raid on the Moorley yard.

In April, 22 horses owned by Godolphin and trained by Mahmood Al-Zarooni tested positive for anabolic steroids, leading to an eight-year ban for Al-Zarooni but no penalties for Godolphin.


Wendy Parrish More than 1 year ago
Princess Haya is quite beautiful and I think I read (somewhere) that she is his favorite wife....just thought I'd throw that in...
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
The Sheikh is guilty as hell, but people have a hard time getting past their preconceived notions.
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Mike More than 1 year ago
Amen Brother - why pay I can get same news from TDM or Bloodhorse for free, who needs losing picks from their analysts as well!
Infinity More than 1 year ago
ABU DHABI is 20x richer than their poor brethen in Dubai..........You can have the desert.....It's all going down anyway...one big reset..the wheels are already in motion.....the elites don't like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Deckert More than 1 year ago
Why did the "authorities" destroy the "unauthorized veterinary products" in the first place? If any truth were to come out of this, the evidence has been destroyed by those making these statements/allegations.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
after the incident in England with the trainer I wondered .....now ....well I don't believe in coincidences.......money and power always corrupt
mikey More than 1 year ago
As a fine make him wear a dirty sheet for a week.Some stooge of his will be banned and get 10 lashes with a wet noodle.The Sheikh is use to pain, remember he has a few wives.
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
The rich will only. get richer Somehow the Sheikh will escape with no more than a carefully worded warning and the person who ratted about the drugs will be fired for seeing what he shouldn't have sort of like being an accidental witness to a mob rubout . The same old song but with a different tune.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“the products were not intended for use on Thoroughbreds.” Are they going to use on pig?
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
Doubt it I think pork is not eaten in Saudi Arabia.
John Murray More than 1 year ago
Agreed, Emirate of Dubai actually
John Murray More than 1 year ago
I assume that you are aware of the reference to pigs, in an Islamic Moslem or Israel, Jewish population has strong religious implications.
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
Raymond & John... I doubt that 'Anonymous' meant anything by using that term for an animal that we all know offends Muslims much more than the Jewish people. Today's language lesson is a simple Muslim greeting that should soften any offense that may have been taken by any Muslims who may read this discussion thread: As-salam alaykum (السلام عليكم) is an Arabic greeting often used by Muslims around the world. .... Or he may greet them saying: "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah," for which their reply was: "Wa alaikum assalam wa ... Nikah mut'ah. To be more specific with regard to gender and number of people who my be greeted on this thread, please read the following (I should have added the letter "a" to the end of "alakum" which would have properly addressed any females reading this): Number of people being addressed: [edit]: السلام عليكم Arabic term Transliteration: As-Salaamu `Alaykum English translated term: "Peace be upon you" The term in Arabic uses the second person plural, even when used to address one person, similar to the use of vous in French [citation needed]. However, the term may also be modified to address a person in the masculine and feminine singular form[citation needed], the dual form, or the feminine plural form. The conjugations are as follow (note: according to classical Arabic, the last short vowel in each word is not pronounced unless it is followed by another word): As-salāmu `alayk(a) —Peace be upon you (male singular) As-salāmu `alayk(i) —Peace be upon you (female singular) As-salāmu `alaykumā —Peace be upon you (to two people of any gender) As-salāmu `alaykun(na) —Peace be upon you (female plural - to three or more females only) As-salāmu `alaykum(u)—Peace be upon you (To a group of three or more people, where at least one is a male - or to a member of state such as a prime minister, president, king) This is what we often hear on Dubai's World Cup Day when one of the Sheikh's horses win a big race and they greet him on the way to the Winner's Circle for photos. I seriously doubt that anything will stick to the Sheikh or his beautiful wife, Princess Haya. Does anyone here understand the political strategy of the Sheikh dispatching his Royal wife (Princess Haya) to answer any inquiries about this potentially scandalous and embarrassing situation? According to my source, if the Sheikh actually took it upon himself to address this issue personally, it would have lent credence to the allegation or implication that there was something amiss. By sending Princess Haya instead, he apparently deflected any bad "mojo" aimed at him.
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
robdybas More than 1 year ago
Maybe they're were for the Dubai bobsled team. The Olympics is in a few months after all.
muskierob More than 1 year ago
So if they cheat but pump a lot of money in the industry then that is O.K.?? I kiss no ones butt. It's clear Godolphin is cheating.
John Murray More than 1 year ago
Who among us has not wagered money on horses trained by T. Dutrow, Jane Cibelli,R. Rodriguez only to find out later that they were using, thus benefitting from illegal practices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
and what exactly is your point?
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Oh I see, so it's OK then, and I'm sure the Sheikh will be thrilled you just put him in that company. Good job.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
yeah well if you had a horse in a race against them its a bigger deal....not just your 2.00 bet...